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Gazette Premium Content Morgan Carroll new Colorado Senate president

The Associated Press Updated: October 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

DENVER — Colorado Senate Democrats selected Aurora Sen. Morgan Carroll as their new leader to replace former chamber President John Morse, who was ousted last month in a recall over new gun restrictions.

Carroll is only the second woman in state history to hold the position of Senate president. She was selected Wednesday morning.

Morse, of Colorado Springs, and Pueblo Democratic Sen. Angela Giron were voted out of office last month. They joined other Democrats this year in passing limits on the size of ammunition magazines and expanding background checks to private and online firearm sales.

Republicans gained two lawmakers in the Senate with the recalls, but Democrats still control the chamber by one vote.

Boulder Sen. Rollie Heath is the Democrats' new majority leader.

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